Cardboard Sculptures of Chinese Villagers as a Tribute to the Ancestral Heritage
Warren King began sculpting with cardboard as an attempt to add fantasy to the lives of his
children, creatively crafting masks and helmets out of the recyclable material. This slowly evolved
into a more time-consuming arts practice as the artist began focusing less time on costumes, and
more time making large sculptures of his own. After a visit to his grandparents’ village in Shaoxing,
China, the New York City-based artist felt compelled to more deeply connect with his cultural past.
This sparked “Grandfather’s Friend, and Arrival Times”, a series of life-size cardboard recreations
of his ancestors.